”All I have to say is: whoever misses this opportunity, misses something that does not happen again in a lifetime. The study programme I am enrolled in is primarily called international study programme, and thus indicates the importance of gaining international relations, contacts, understanding of other people’s cultures and behaviour. I think that this is a huge experience that builds a person, teaches them independence, inventiveness. “
1.Who is Marta Ban and how would you describe yourself?
Marta Ban is a third year student. I would describe myself as an enthusiastic student with high goals and a great desire for knowledge.
- You are a student of Aspira’s Hotel and Tourism Management. What were your motives for enrolling?
I experienced working in a hotel as a high school student and that was when I realized that it was a job for me, a job I wanted to do. I had my father with me as a huge support, but also the boss of the hotel where I worked; she opened my eyes and the path I now happily tread.
- How satisfied are you so far with your studies, professors, but also with your involvement?
I think that Aspira is a very stimulating environment, I am very pleased with the professors who give their extra effort. I would single out professors Mario Buble and Bernarda Kuliš as the two who had the greatest influence on me.
- What would you like to do in the future?
I spent my teenage days working in a hotel and since then my love for hotels, working with people, tourists has only grown. I simply find myself there.
- In connection with that, where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself as a permanent employee in a hotel with the possibility of advancement. I want to learn, to progress. Of course, I also want to be happy in my workplace.
- How much do your friends, colleagues and teachers motivate you in your studies?
They give me tremendous motivation. I have made real friends who have encouraged me from the very beginning, we are always there for each other. Teachers are also the ones who give the extra push when needed, I am very pleased with the environment.
- What in your life motivated you the most to be the person you are today?
My biggest support is my family – mostly my father and my mother, but also other members of the family. They are my biggest motivation and support, they help me be the best at what I do.
- You are currently on Erasmus in Portugal. What are your experiences?
That’s right, I’m in Porto. All I have to say is: whoever misses this opportunity misses something that doesn’t happen again in a lifetime. The study programme I am enrolled in is primarily called international study programme, and thus indicates the importance of gaining international relations, contacts, understanding of other people’s cultures and behaviour. I think that this is a huge experience that builds a person, teaches them independence, inventiveness. It also opens up the possibility of easier learning of a foreign language. You simply will not regret it!
- During your studies, you do an internship at Le Meridien Lav every year. How do you feel?
I was surprised by the great environment, wonderful people, colleagues and the whole organization. They recognized my work and effort right after the first day and invited me to work over the summer. I worked at the main reception and spa reception, and I consider internship a huge plus. After the internship, you gain knowledge and experience, boost your CV and have a greater opportunity for employment.
- What would you say to young people who are in a situation like yours?
Grab all the opportunities while you are young, do not be afraid of anything, including new challenges. Don’t be afraid of the outside world because it is one wonderful experience and life learning!